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Wednesday, July 26, 2017
Wagner Confirms Huddersfield To Listen To Wells Offers

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David Wagner has confirmed Huddersfield Town will listen to serious offers for striker Nahki Wells.

The Bermudian frontman, who is out of contract at the end of the coming season, played a big part in helping Town win promotion to the Premier League, netting 10 goals.

Town, however, have signed two strikers in the closed season – Steve Mounie for £11.5m from Montpellier and Laurent Depoitre for £3.5m from Porto – and Wagner concedes Wells, who missed the 2-1 friendly defeat by Udinese with an ankle injury, faces strong competition for a starting shirt.

“Everybody can see how high the quality is of the strikers we’ve brought in,” said Wagner, who watched Tom Ince score his fourth goal of pre-season against the Italian Serie A side.

“There is Mounié, Depoitre and we still have Elias Kachunga and Collin Quaner who are able to play there.

“This isn’t the best situation for Nahki and, of course, he is the name who is on the market – so we will listen if there is some serious interest in him.”

Wells, who made 47 appearances in total for Town last season, including the play-off final at Wembley, was previously Town's record £1.3m signing from Bradford, has been linked most recently with beaten opponents Reading.

Wednesday, July 26, 2017
Rain Frustrates Rawlins & Sussex

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There was frustration for Delray Rawlins and his Sussex Seconds teammates after the third and final day's play in the Championship game against Surrey was washed out.

No play was possible at The 1st Central County Ground on Wednesday after Surrey had posted 272 on the second day in response to Sussex's 400 for 9 declared.

The highlights for Sussex included Luke Wells' double hundred and leg spinner Will Beer's 5 for 61 in the Surrey innings.

Monday, July 24, 2017
Lambe & Carlisle Record Pre-Season Draw

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As a spectacle this one was forgotten the minute ref Mark Powell blew into his whistle for the last time. Any benefits Reggie Lambe and his Carlisle United took from their goalless draw at Halifax will be taken internally, for it was not particularly easy on the public's eyes.

There are no guarantees in pre-season. Anyone attending a friendly does so knowing they may not see events at full-throttle. A manager's desire to tinker and test is at its highest in July, often for good reason.

Other than another afternoon of match-fitness, though, and a fifth clean-sheet against this pre-season's non-league opponents, there was not much for those who travelled to sing about. A few near-misses at both ends, a bit of disjointed play, but little that supporters could take into the rest of their weekends.

Carlisle took longer to find a consistent stride but Lambe tried to be positive on the ball, at one stage feeding Nicky Adams' driving run down the middle that ended with a tumble in the box.

Lambe and Hallam Hope then combined as the latter rifled a shot from the right, keeper Sam Johnson saving well. There was some encouragement in the movement that forced these openings but otherwise it was not a first half of great dynamism from United.

Saturday, July 22, 2017
Huddersfield Hold All The Aces in Wells' Negotiations
Despite Huddersfield Town tying down a number of key personnel to new deals at the club, conspicuous in absence has been any news of Nahki Wells’ current contract situation.

While Chris Lowe, Elias Kachunga, Jonathan Hogg, Tommy Smith and Rajiv van La Parra have all been rewarded for their SkyBet Championship promotion exploits, the Bermudian forward has entered into the final year of his contract.

It seems, for whatever reason, the two parties have reached an impasse in extending the 27-year-old’s time from the current four-and-a-half year contract he signed when joining for a then-club record £1.3m from Bradford City back in January 2014.

Astonishing to think that record figure has already been broken six times this summer alone, but that is the changing landscape Huddersfield Town now find themselves in after Premier League promotion.

Arguably Wells stock was at the highest ahead of the last January transfer window where he appeared to cement himself as Town’s main man with a run of four goals in six crucial games between Bristol City at home on Saturday, December 10, and Wigan Athletic on Monday, January 2.

Speculation was rife at the time the striker was set for a move to rival Championship side Norwich City after head coach David Wagner revealed a new contract offer was rejected during the previous summer.

Speaking to the Examiner at the time, Wells said, “I think a bit of what came out (about the new contract rejection) has been misconstrued.

“If anyone questioned my attitude towards the season so far, I would strongly disagree.

“I am working hard and I will continue to do that.”

Yet a bid never came for the player – either from Norwich or any other club – and although his commitment couldn’t be questioned the flow of goals dried somewhat, with fellow striker Elias Kachunga eventually ending the campaign as the club’s top goalscorer with 13 goals (and all from a wider position than Wells’ central slot).

Indeed, despite his best efforts, Wells looked uncomfortable at times in Wagner’s high intensity 4-2-3-1 formation which requires the German’s ‘gegenpressing’ approach to begin at the top of the team.

Although Wells is not that sort of striker, more a natural goalscorer who thrives alongside an aerial strike partner such the one he had at Bradford in James Hanson, he performed his role admirably under difficult circumstances.

And again in March the player made all the right overtures regarding his Town future while simultaneously underlining his long-term desire to play in the Premier League.

The Play-Off final win over Reading at Wembley saw this dream fulfilled, but the question now is not only for how long at Huddersfield Town but how long will he remain a top-flight player?
Friday, July 21, 2017
Simons Not Registered with Chesterfield FC

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It was two days ago that www.islandstats.com learned that Rai Simons is no longer a registered player with Chesterfield FC after failing to sign the deal offered to him by the club.

After confirmation with the club, www.islandstats.com can report that Chesterfield released their shirt numbers for next season today and Simons, who was expected to extend his stay as a player at least until he had recovered from an Achilles injury, was not among the names listed.

Simons, 21, required surgery for a ruptured Achilles tendon, sustained in April against Scunthorpe United. Having made 46 appearances and scored five goals for Town since signing from Ilkeston in April 2015, Simons’ time with the club appears to have come to an end. Director Ashley Carson confirmed: “We offered Rai a new contract but he has not accepted it so he is no longer a registered player.”

The forward has five caps and a goal at international level for Bermuda.

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